Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

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Last updated on July 31, 2022

Seth Jeremy DvorinBiographies for the recipients of the awards listed and linked below have been updated when possible. Otherwise, they represent the information available as of the dates of induction. Send updates or corrections.

  • Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Award: Established in September 2000 to recognize Livingston College alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities.
  • Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award: Established in November 2004 in memory of Army Lt. Seth Jeremy Dvorin (LC’02, Administration of Justice; pictured at right), who was killed in Iraq on February 3, 2004. The Seth Dvorin Award was presented to Livingston College young alumni 30 years old and under who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities. The three recipients of this award are noted below. This award is now retired.

2000 Inductees

RIKI JACOBS (LC’80, NLAW’89)CLIFTON R. LACY (LC’75, RWJMS’79)JOHN S. LIPORI (LC’77)ALFRED E. RAMEY, JR. (LC’73) 
Riki JacobsClifton R. LacyJohn S. LiporiAlfred E. Ramey, Jr.
Director of AIDS Support Organization;
Health Educator (died in 2009
Medical Leader;
New Jersey State Health Commissioner
Banking ExecutiveUniversity Counsel;
New Jersey Assistant Attorney General

2002 Inductees

THOMAS F. DALEY (LC’75)SUSAN KILLE (LC’74)DAVID A. LASKOW (LC’77, RWJMS’81)STEVEN D. PLOFKER (LC’78)
Thomas F. DaleySusan KilleDavid A. LaskowSteven D. Plofker
District Attorney; Judge; Adjunct Professor of Law (died in 2015)Newspaper JournalistSurgeon; Associate Professor of SurgeryReal Estate Developer; Attorney

 

2004 Inductees

FRANK CARVILL (LC’75)GINA COLLINS CUMMINGS (LC’84)EDWARD E. JOHNSON, JR. (LC’79)
Frank T. CarvillGina Collins CummingsEdward E. Johnson, Jr.
New Jersey National Guardsman
Killed in Iraq (Posthumous; died in 2004)
Environmental, Health,
and Social Justice Activist
Wall Street Executive
MICHAEL C. LARACY (LC’74)KAREN ROGERS (LC’92)HARRY V. SWAYNE III (LC’90)
Michael C. LaracyKaren RogersHarry V. Swayne III
Advocate for Children and FamiliesSeth Dvorin Distinguished
Young Alumni Award

Television Meteorologist/Journalist
Football Executive and Player

2006 Inductees

AVERY BROOKS (LC’73, MGSA’76)COLLEEN FRASER (LC’74)MARK HELIAS (LC’74)
Avery BrooksColleen FraserMark Helias
Actor; Director; Singer; Professor, Mason Gross School of the ArtsAdvocate for People with Disabilities;
Hero of United Airlines Flight 93
(Posthumous; died in 2001)
Jazz Musician and Composer
LIZA KIRSCHENBAUM (LC’87)ANDREA D. LYON (LC’73)GREGG SPIRIDELLIS (LC’93, RBS’93)
Liza KirschenbaumAndrea D. LyonGregg Spiridellis
Advocate for Children in the CourtsLaw School Dean;
Expert in Death-Penalty Defense
Seth Dvorin Distinguished
Young Alumni Award

Entrepreneur in Online Entertainment

2009 Inductees 

KEVIN APUZZIO (LC’06)MARLA DIAMOND (LC’92) FRANCOISE JACOBSOHN (LC’79)MARTHA NELL SMITH
(LC’77, GSNB’82,’85)
Kevin ApuzzioMarla DiamondFrancoise JacobsohnMartha Nell Smith
Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award
 Heroic Firefighter and
Emergency Medical Technician
(Posthumous; died in 2006)
Radio Journalist Advocate for Women and WorkersProfessor of English;
Emily Dickinson Scholar

2011 Inductees

GREGORY Q. BROWN (LC’82)EDWARD M. JORDAN (SMLR’15) 
Gregory Q. BrownEddie Jordan
Rutgers Board of Governors Chair;
Business Leader
 Rutgers Men’s Basketball Head Coach (2013-2016)
and Player (1973-1977)

2013 Inductees

NDIDI N. AMUTAH-ONUKAGHA  (LC’03) NICHOLAS FERRONI (LC’03) JESSIE J. HANNA (LC’07, RWJMS’14)
Ndidi Amutah Nicholas Ferroni Jessie J. Hanna
Assistant Professor
Researcher on Health and Nutrition
Educator and HistorianPhysician
Researcher on Pediatric Cancer

2015 Inductees

ROBERT P. BERTRAND  (LC’01) KENNETH B. COP (LC’95) DEBORAH L. STOKES (LC’74)
Robert Bertrand Kenneth Cop Deborah Stokes
Radio Engineer Rutgers University Executive Director of Police Services / Chief of PoliceMuseum Curator and Arts Educator

2018 Inductees

STACI BERGER (LC’94, EJB/GSNB’04) JEANIE BRYSON (LC’81) EVERETTE B. PENN (LC’91)
Staci BergerJeanie BrysonDr. Everette Penn
Housing and Community Development AdvocateJazz/Pop/Latin VocalistRace/Youth/Justice Scholar
CARLYLE E. SHELTON JR.  (LC’80) ROBERT W. SNYDER (LC’77) MARIE VARGHESE (LC’03)
Carlyle E. Shelton Jr.Robert W. SnyderDeborah Stokes
Deputy Inspector General,
U.S. Marine Corps
Professor, American Studies and JournalismCollege Advisor and Social Justice Advocate

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